I am not sure where this myth began, but people will recite the statement “you know I have to get 3 quotes before I can move forward”. My first thought when I hear this is, no, that has not been my experience. In addition, most of our customers get 1 – 2 or go crazy and get something like 6.
So, the question is, how many estimates do you need? The answer of course is it depends on the circumstances. The following is a guide to think through the decision making process on selecting a contractor.
1. Start with what is order of importance to you? Quality? Design? Price? Experience? Guarantees? Relationship?
2. Reputation? How many quality references can you obtain from the contractor on “like” projects?
3. Experience? Decipher between a generalist and a specialist in what you are wanting to have done
4. Personal Assurances and Safeguards? Make sure you see an up to date insurance certificate and the proper building permits secured
5. Years in business under the same name? Physical place of business? Show room?
6. Design ideas…taking into account form and function and unique ideas that are helpful or appealing to you
7. Organization…did the contractor show up on time? Was he/she courteous? Are they easy to reach? Who will supervise the project?
8. Price…do you have a budget? What is it based on?
If you have done the appropriate research and understand your budget and the true value of the product you are looking to acquire, there is no reason for 3 quotes unless you are not satisfied with the price, quality, design, or experience level of the contractor! Go to http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com to see and read great information on this subject